Subject:                          V S Update - Headline dates, Membership subs, Corrections and additions, Some results, Kirste 5 race report, Lou's british records


Sent: 20 August 2013 00:36

Headline Dates


Sunday 1 September, Leeds Country Way, we’ve now had two drop-outs so a few more reserves would be appreciated – email , teams listed at


Tuesday 3 September, VS autumn junior mile (6:20) and VS autumn handicap 5 miles (6:45), both start by Eccup Res.  You enjoyed the barbecue in July so much we’ve arranged another one, food will be served at Leos from 8:20pm, book by 10pm Sunday 1st September saying whether you want the carnivore or veggie menu (both £7), book at  (check you get an acknowledgement)


Tuesday 1 October, Valley Striders Annual General Meeting


Sunday 27 October, Harewood Trail Races - 2 mile junior (school years 1-12), 2 mile adult fun run, 5 mile junior (school years 11-12), 5 mile adult, 10 mile (min age 17).  We now have online entries and online charity donations.  See .  If you can help, email  If you can help, but would like to run (if we have sufficient marshals) please put “WLTR” when you email “teams”.


Valley Striders Subscriptions for 1 September 2013 to 31 August 2014


We had a committee meeting a couple of weeks ago and have set the following rates


·         £25 - First claim adult member (includes £7.50 paid to Leos and anticipated £12 to England Athletics next April)

·         £30 - NEW First claim adult member (includes £7.50 paid to Leos and £10 to England Athletics and anticipated £12 to England Athletics next April)

·         NB anyone who has paid £35 in the last couple of months is already fully paid

·         £10 - Second claim adult member (who is first claim paid with another club) (includes £2.50 paid to Leos)

·         £10 - Social and/or Cycling member (includes £2.50 paid to Leos)

·         £10 - Junior member (includes £2.50 paid to Leos and also to cover cost of hiring GSAL track next summer).  If juniors want to run in the West Yorks XC next winter or are over 15 and want to run in “open” 10k road races, they will also need England Athletics affiliation, please discuss with us.

·         £3 - Volunteer member (regular volunteer at our races and/or our handicaps)


Payment can be made either

·         by cheque (payable to Valley Striders) to Paul White, 17 Whinmoor Court, Red Hall, Leeds LS14 1NX. 

·         or by internet banking payment to Sort Code: xx-xx-xx, Account Number: aaaaaaaa, please include your name in the reference.


If you’re owing for anything else, e.g. Leeds Country Way (£9.50) please pay at the same time!


Also, could you check and see whether there is a “Y” in the final column for you.  If not, we don’t have emergency contact details for you, please email me with a phone number and a name that we should call were you to be taken ill at training or at an event.


Corrections and Additions


Apologies to John Marsham


I put the wrong link on the last email, these are John’s times for his Bob Graham round


Sue Partridge

Sue, who won “our” parkrun 2 weeks ago, finished 10th in the World Championships marathon last Sunday in 2:36:24




I’ve noticed that a few of you aren’t listed as “Valley Striders” for parkrun.  It’s simple to change.  When your weekly email comes through there is a link to “Edit your details”.


Some results


York Millennium Bridge 5k


Race 1

    24  Paul Fotherby    17.32    

    54  Ross Bibby       18.54       

   145 finishers                     


Race 2                            

    67  Becky Bibby      27.22      

   108 finishers                     


West Yorks 5


    19  Roy Huggins      33:11

    38  Leroy Sutton     35:59

    68  Pascale Fotherby 41:29


Run Sunday at Danefield (Otley Chevin)


     1  John Shanks      18:25           

     3  James Tarran     19:35           


Race Report - Kirste 5 Memorial race (28/7/13) – from John Wallace


I was in Essex visiting family last weekend which turned out to coincide with a race only a couple of miles up the road put on by Benfleet Running Club, raising funds for breast cancer relief in memory of a former member who passed away from cancer. A decent size event as it turned out (brass band, tombola, huge cake stall, etc) with over 100 in the junior race, and nearly 350 in the 5 miler which took us on an off road single lap route through fields and woods before finishing at a local school. It was pretty hot and I was flagging a bit on a long field stretch from 3-4 miles, but they very sensibly had put on a 2nd drinks station (2 in a 5 mile race!) at 4 miles and then we dived back into the woods where it was a lot cooler.


I was quite pleased with my run, especially after I blew up at the handicap on Tuesday, finishing 34th in  37.35, just behind a fellow Strider, albeit from my birthplace of Leigh-on-sea. Really good event, lots of marshals, and lots of obviously new runners as well as local running club members, and lots of strange accents.


Not so sure about the Essex Ladies motto though – ‘we go further’ – in these days of TOWIE I’m sure that could be mis-interpreted!


Full results at


“Gilchrist smashing vets bests” – spotted by Sylvia Watson on p46 of last week’s Athletics Weekly


Martin Duff wrote


Headline “Valley Strider chasing sub-hour 10km at 80 years of age”


It is not just in the senior and younger veteran age groups in which new best times are set.


Eighty-year old Lou Gilchrist has twice set UK age-group marks for 5km and 10km this year.  The Valley Strider’s recent veteran road best times came in the Rochdale 10km on July 2 (61:13) and in the Salford 5km on August 8 (28:21).  These go with her four over-70 and five W75 British age-group marks from 5km to half marathon.


Gilchrist said “I am hoping to go sub-60 in the Birchwood 10km, but fingers crossed that I have no more problems with injuries do that I can start to pick up a little”